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19-year-old man dies, toddler injured in Jamestown fire

The man who died was on the first floor of the home. A 3-year-old who was rescued was taken to Oishei Children's Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — A 19-year-old man died in a fire Friday afternoon in Jamestown.

"Around 1:45 p.m. our fire crews were called to 109 Kidder street for a reported house fire with victims trapped inside the residence. When our members first made entry, they were greeted by a heavy fire load on the first floor, extending up to the second floor," Jamestown Fire Department Deputy Chief Matthew Coons said Friday evening.

The fire broke out around 2 p.m. on Kidder Street, near Broadhead Avenue. 

Coons told 2 On Your Side that a 19-year-old man, who has been identified as Jacob Rishel Harrison, and a 3-year-old boy were taken to UPMC Chautauqua for treatment.

Two firefighters sustained burn injuries from the rescue.

Around 6 p.m. Friday, Jamestown Police confirmed that Harrison died at the hospital. The 3-year-old boy was taken to Oishei Children's Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

"The last update I received was that the 3-year-old is doing OK and is in stable condition," Coons said.

The name of the man who died is being withheld until all family members have been notified, Jamestown Police said. The man was on the first floor of the building.

City and county fire officials remained on the scene. There is no word yet on how the fire started.


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